Testimony

Testimony before the House Education Committee on Dyslexia

Good morning, Representatives, and thank you for allowing me to testify in favor of Senate Bills 567 and 568. My name is Ben Locke, and I’m the Michigan Executive Director of Teach Plus, an education nonprofit that seeks to empower excellent, experienced, and diverse teachers to take leadership over key policy and practice issues that advance equity, opportunity, and student success. I’m also a former middle school and high school teacher who cringes at the memory of how I used to teach reading skills to students. Currently, I work with teachers who have been advocating for these bills as [...]

June 11, 2024|Testimony|

Testimony before the House Education Committee on Dyslexia

Good afternoon chair and members of the committee. My name is Rebecca Irby, I am the founder and President of PEAC Institute, an NGO in special consulting status at the United Nations and winner of the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize as a coalition member of ICAN International. I am also the director of Transformational Change at New Detroit, A Racial Justice Organization. I am here today to lend my voice and support to the legislation on dyslexia and a reliable and valid universal screening assessment for the purpose of identifying pupils with dyslexia early. SB567 is critical to student [...]

June 11, 2024|Testimony|

Testimony on Fair Funding before the Senate PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee

Michigan Partnership for Equity and Opportunity Testimony before the Senate PreK-12 Appropriations Subcommittee Good afternoon members of the Appropriations Subcommittee on PreK-12 and thank you Sen. Camilleri for the invitation to testify. We appreciate the opportunity to testify before you today about what Michigan can learn from leading education states’ school funding systems and how such models could make a significant difference in helping Michigan close opportunity gaps for all its students. I am Alice Thompson, chair of the education committee of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, CEO of BFDI Educational Services, Inc., and former CEO of Black Family [...]

February 28, 2023|Testimony|
Go to Top